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General Cancer Awareness month

occupational-health-tree-300x180March is general cancer awareness month – do you know what symptoms to look out for?

We all lead busy lives and whilst taking time to visit the doctor may seem inconvenient, there are some things that we just need to make time for and our health is one of them.

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer:

  • An unusual lump or swelling anywhere on your body
  • A change in the size, shape or colour of a mole
  • A sore throat that won’t heal after several weeks
  • A mouth or tongue ulcer that lasts longer than three weeks
  • A cough or croaky voice that lasts longer than three weeks
  • Problems passing urine
  • Blood in your urine
  • Blood in your bowel motions
  • A change to more frequent bowel motions that lasts longer than four–six weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss or heavy night sweats
  • An unexplained pain or ache that lasts longer than four weeks
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing up blood
  • An unusual breast change
  • Bleeding from the vagina after the menopause or between periods
  • Persistent bloating

If you develop any of the symptoms on this list, it doesn’t definitely mean you have cancer – usually it will turn out to be something much less serious, but it is important to get yourself checked out. Your GP will be keen to see you if you develop any of these symptoms.

For further advice and information, contact your GP surgery.

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